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Fonds AM663 - Ernest Fewster fonds

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Ernest Fewster fonds

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AM663

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  • 1899-1900, 1902, 1913-[ca. 1958] (Creation)
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    Fewster, Ernest Philip

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0.65 m of textual records

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(1868-1947)

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Ernest Fewster was born in Berkshire, England. His family moved to Canada in 1887 and to Vancouver in 1888. His father started a feed and seed business. Between 1898 and 1902, Fewster studied medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced medicine in Southern Kansas, where he met and married Grace E. Smith in 1903. They returned to B.C., setting up a practice in Rock Bay, Vancouver Island. They moved to Vancouver in 1911. Fewster had an avid interest in literature and writing. In 1916, he was instrumental in the founding of the Vancouver Poetry Society and was elected its first president, a position he held until his death in 1947. Several volumes of his poetry and prose were published and reviewed.

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The fonds consists of ten bound volumes of Fewster's writings (eight of the volumes contain collected poems, the other two contain prose writings); as well as correspondence, unbound writings, news clippings, publications, biographical notes, and files of material relating to other writers. In addition, there is a printed portrait of Fewster and a printed copy of a poem.

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The ten bound volumes of Dr. Fewster's writings were donated by Miss L. M. Fewster in 1979, the rest of the material was received along with records of the Vancouver Poetry Society in 1974.

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Add.MSS 294, Vancouver Poetry Society fonds.

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